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Root River Report

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The following information is the latest fishing information for the Root River in Racine. We will post new information to this site every TUESDAY or WEDNESDAY at 4:00 pm from September through December and from March through May. We will also update the number of fish processed at the Root River Steelhead Facility to give you the exact number of fish passed upstream. Depending on water conditions and number of fish in the weir, fish are usually processed on Mondays and Thursdays.

In addition, you can check out our Lake Michigan Outdoor Report for the latest fishing information on Lake Michigan and Green Bay.

Root River Steelhead Facility

Lake Michigan trout and salmon don't successfully reproduce in Wisconsin streams, so DNR gives Mother Nature a hand. Watch fisheries crews collect eggs and milt from spawning fish to create the next generation of steelhead to challenge anglers.

Root River Fishing Report for October 31, 2017

The Root River is currently flowing at 41.7 cfs. Water clarity is good and the water levels are steadily decreasing. Most of the king salmon have died off with only a few being caught this week. Most of the fish caught were coho salmon and a few brown trout were landed as well. Anglers did not seem to prefer fishing upstream or downstream of the Steelhead Facility this week. The river was 50F above and below the steelhead facility.

For up to date river conditions, check out the USGS web site of stream flow conditions [exit DNR]  in Wisconsin.

Fishing Information

Upstream of The Steelhead Facility

Most of the anglers fishing upstream focused their efforts at Quarry Lake Park and at the Horlick Dam. Most anglers caught between 1 and 3 fish, however, a few managed to catch a limit of salmon. Most of the harvested fish were coho salmon, but a few kings were still caught as well. No Trout were reported caught. Anglers had the most success on yarn egg flies, dark colored wooly buggers, and a few fish were caught on nymph imitations.

Downstream of The Steelhead Facility

Most of the anglers fishing downstream of the facility focused their efforts at Lincoln Park. Many anglers caught between 1 and 3 fish, however, a few managed to catch a limit of salmon and trout. Most of the harvested fish were coho salmon, but a few brown trout were reported caught as well. Anglers had the most success on yarn egg flies, dark colored wooly buggers, and a few fish were caught on nymph imitations and spey flies..

Root River Steelhead Facility Report

We processed fish at the Root River Steelhead Facility on Monday, October 30 and Thursday, November 2, and the facility is now closed for the season. The Chinook run is tailing off sharply, while coho continue to move upstream. The fall season totals are listed in the table below.

As of - November 2, 2017  
  Rainbow Trout Chinook Salmon Coho Salmon Brown Trout
Total Captured 9 2,762 2,523 15
Passed Upstream 9 1,542 2,277 13
Taken to Hatchery        
Spawned at Facility     416 females  
Egg Take     871,500  
Last revised: Friday November 03 2017